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- - SHARAPOVA 3-6 6-2 6-3 – GAME, SET & MATCH – A double fault does not help Sharapova’s cause as Lisicki goes 15-30 up. Sharapova eventually gets back to 30-30 but she is really struggling to put the ball away, allowing Lisicki to stay in the point way longer than she should. But a match point comes up with Lisicki hits long and incredibly Sharapova seals it at the first attempt with a first serve out wide that the German can only return into the net
- - SHARAPOVA 3-6 6-2 5-3 – A booming backhand winner down the line leaves Sharapova just two points from the quarter-finals at 30-30, and again when Lisicki produces just her third double of the night to let the Russian back to deuce. Incredibly a fourth double hands Sharapova a match point but she hits a backhand into the net to waste it and Lisicki goes on to hold after a forehand long and a forehand into the net from Sharapova. She can still serve it out though ...
- - SHARAPOVA 3-6 6-2 5-2 – Lisicki denies Sharapova on a game point with a cracking backhand before the Russian hands her a break back point with a forehand into the net. She saves it though with a very good service winner down the centre of the court. And Sharapova goes on to hold with an off-forehand winner and a screech of 95.4 decibels, much louder than any of Victoria Azarenka’s! Lisicki will have to serve to stay in this match after the change of ends
- - SHARAPOVA 3-6 6-2 4-2 – BREAK – A scorching forehand return of serve winner down the line from Sharapova followed by a forehand into the net from Lisicki, hands Sharapova a break point. And the Russian does take it when Lisicki ends a building rally with a forehand long of the baseline. Can Sharapova hold on to her serve to consolidate?
- - SHARAPOVA 3-6 6-2 3-2 –Sharapova holds to 15 when Lisicki hits a forehand return into the net but her previous return of serve was sensational. A 150mph forehand return that skidded off the baseline practically before the Russian had even had a chance to finish her service motion!
- - SHARAPOVA 3-6 6-2 2-2 –Lisicki holds in relatively quick fashion with a backhand winner down the line sealing the game to 30 to level up and put the pressure back on the Sharapova serve
- - SHARAPOVA 3-6 6-2 2-1 –Sharapova’s seventh double couldn’t come at a worse time as it hands Lisicki two break points. A Sharapova backhand is called out only to be overruled by the umpire; the Russian wins the replay to save the first break point and then also the second. Lisicki gets a third chance but can only hit into the net, a fourth but hits long and a fifth but Sharapova finds a forehand winner. And after 12 minutes Sharapova finally holds with a forehand winner down the line
- - SHARAPOVA 3-6 6-2 1-1 – It’s an easier for Lisicki to get her side of the scoreboard ticking over in this third set as she holds to love with an ace out wide
- - SHARAPOVA 3-6 6-2 1-0 – Sharapova has to come through a fairly tough opening service game to hold and get the deciding set underway. But hold she does when Lisicki fails to find the court with a backhand return of serve that she crunched across court. Can’t blame her for going for it though, one of her two points in that game was won with just such a return that went for a winner
- - SHARAPOVA 3-6 6-2 – SET – Sharapova easily gets up to a short ball and dispatches her backhand return across court for a winner for two set points. The first goes with a backhand into the net, while Sharapova challenges an out call on the second and get it overturned. Second time around Lisicki saves the set point with a forehand winner down the line. A double fault hands Sharapova a third chance and this time she gets it when Lisicki hits a low backhand into the net
- - SHARAPOVA 3-6 5-2 – Sharapova has almost imperceptibly lifted her level in the last few games, the main telltale sign being that the decibel level of her shrieking has also gone up, and she fires another vicious forehand down the line that Lisicki can only return into the net on her way to game point. And an off-forehand cross court that a flailing Lisicki can get to but can’t get back over the net helps her seal the hold. Lisicki will have to serve to stay in this second set after the change
- - SHARAPOVA 3-6 4-2 – Sharapova denies Lisicki on game point with another huge forehand return of serve across court that lands right on the sideline for a winner, but fails to come in behind her return on the next point, instead opting to stay back and hitting an unforced error. And Lisicki goes on to hold with an ace. Sharapova will have to be content with just the one break
- - SHARAPOVA 3-6 4-1 – Sharapova lands a forehand on the outside 4mm of the sideline, confirmed by a hawkeye challenge after the ball was called out. It was an important call as had the ball actually been out, Lisicki would have had a break back point. But instead Sharapova has a game point and she goes on to hold with a first serve winner
- - SHARAPOVA 3-6 3-1 – BREAK – Sharapova is nothing if not intense and ups the power of her ground-strokes to race out to three break points with a forehand that Lisicki simply cannot deal with. The German saves the first but can do nothing about the second as Sharapova belts a backhand return winner down the line, after running round the ball
- - SHARAPOVA 3-6 2-1 – Sharapova looks like she is heading to a very comfortable service hold at 40-0 before Lisicki crunches a couple of huge returns of serve. But an equally ferocious backhand across court from Sharapova sees Lisicki return wide down the line and the Russian has the hold
- - SHARAPOVA 3-6 1-1 – Lisicki thinks she has held with a cross court forehand winner. Sharapova challenges and it is shown to have caught the very outside of the line. Lisicki again thinks she has held but Sharapova was there and the point will have to be played. Sharapova bounces back with the next two points but Lisicki does hold on her third attempt when Sharapova sends a forehand sails long
- - SHARAPOVA 3-6 1-0 – Sharapova had never before lost a set to Lisicki, albeit only in two previous meetings, and she looks a little stunned out on court as she is forced to save another break point with a big first serve, before going on to hold with a huge forehand that Lisicki can only return into the net
- - SHARAPOVA 3-6 – SET – Sharapova earns herself two break back points with a backhand winner across court. But both go begging, the first on a great backhand across court from Lisicki and the second when Sharapova sends a backhand return into the net. The Russian saves a set point with a series of huge ground-strokes but dumps another return into the net to hand Lisicki a second chance. And this time she grabs it when Sharapova sends another forehand return into the net
- - SHARAPOVA 3-5 – BREAK – Ouch! Sharapova’s suspect serve, which has caused her a problem for sometime, returns under pressure as she slaps down two double faults in a game to hand Lisicki another break point with the German barely having to do anything. She will serve for the first set next
- - SHARAPOVA 3-4 – Sharapova does well to get up to a drop shot from Lisicki and find a backhand down the line but it’s an all-or-nothing shot and she gets a little lucky when the German hits her reply into the net. Lisicki is forced to save a break point after a Sharapova forehand but she goes on to seal the hold with another ace and take the lead for the first time
- - SHARAPOVA 3-3 – BREAK – Lisicki is finding wonderful depth now on her ground-strokes and gets herself to 0-30 with a gorgeous off forehand winner across court, before setting up three more break points with another forehand Sharapova can’t deal with. Only one is needed though as Sharapova hits a retreating forehand into the net. Now we really are back on serve
- - SHARAPOVA 3-2 – Lisicki is now beginning to go toe-to-toe with Sharapova from the baseline and finds a couple of lengthy rallies before Lisicki finds an ace to seal her first hold of the evening. She is firmly on track now, albeit still the one break down from that poor start
- - SHARAPOVA 3-1 – BREAK – Sharapova gets herself out of a potential spot of bother with a great first serve down the line before going for the cross court forehand that Lisicki can only hit into the net once again. But the German is beginning to find her range now as she fires a forehand winner for a break point, which she takes when Sharapova sends a cross court forehand wide and long. Lisicki has one of the breaks back
- - SHARAPOVA 3-0 – BREAK – Lisicki has no answer right now for Sharapova’s firepower as the Russian comes up with an off-backhand return of serve that the German can only hit low into the net. That hands Sharapova a break to 15 for a second time. Lisicki has managed just two points in the first three games of this match
- - SHARAPOVA 2-0 – Sharapova holds to love with a series of huge serves that Lisicki can mainly only return long or into the net. So far Sharapova has allowed Lisicki just the one point in this match, she is clearly out to send a message tonight
- - SHARAPOVA 1-0 – BREAK – Wow! Sharapova comes out firing on all cylinders and riffles a blistering backhand down the line for a winner on just the third point on her way to three break points. Only one is needed though as she fires a backhand return over the net which Lisicki can only hit back into the net
- - But first she will have to get past tenacious German 14th seed Sabine Lisicki, not an easy task
- - Fourth seed Sharapova won the last of her three Grand Slams at Melbourne Park in 2008 and she has got to be one of the favourites to get through to at least the semi-finals now that Serena Williams is now out of the tournament.
|Date of Birth||22/09/1989|
|Date of Birth||19/04/1987|